MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology


One of the big news items in IP this past week was Wikileaks’ leak of the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Some of the analysis:

  • Leak of controversial TPP IP Chapter shows US still pushing for draconian copyright provisions. | Australian Digital Alliance |

  • New leak of TPP consolidated text on intellectual property provides details of pandering to drug companies and publishers. | KEI |

And a reminder: Andrew Robb to host TPP Trade Ministers’ meeting in Sydney 25 – 27   negotiations to include intellectual property provisions.

Round and round like a skipping record: Australia’s FTA IP negotiations under fire. Again. | Australian Digital Alliance |

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, the world’s leading resource for DMCA enforcement transparency, has been revamped:

Gold Coast film convention told movie pirates put a *million* Aussie jobs at risk. | Gold Coast Bulletin |   (And piracy will soon be a “mortal sin” ….)

Defamation & media law

 British police’s use of Ripa powers to snoop on journalists to be reined in. | The Guardian |  

Five reasons terror laws wreck media freedom and democracy. | The Conversation |

The links between Hollywood, Heat and the Irish High Court. | The Irish Times |

Journalists have no choice but to fight back, because if they don’t they will become irrelevant.  

Privacy & information security

iiNet on Data Retention: “Not Necessary or Proportionate”. | Gizmodo |

Abbott government data storage plans lack privacy safeguards, says iiNet. | The Guardian |

Brandis’ callousness on data retention beggars belief. | Business Spectator |

In Silicon Valley, senator calls for ending American “digital dragnet”. | Ars Technica |  

Excellent (frightening) podcast on data retention with Senator Ludlam, John Lindsay and John Stanton | Cross Talk – Phil Dobbie |  

Privacy advocates say Australia going further than anyone else on data retention. | The Guardian |  

Electronic mass surveillance fails—drastically. | Just Security |

Top tech execs: end mass surveillance to boost digital economy. | The United States Committee on Finance | 

UN report finds mass surveillance violates international treaties and privacy rights. | The Intercept |

The FBI Director’s evidence against encryption is pathetic. | The Intercept |

The state wants to spy on us but is it up to the job? | The Guardian |

American website Intercept reveals secret activities of Australian spy agency. | SMH | 

Who wants to be forgotten? |   |

Asylum seekers’ personal details stolen in second immigration data breach. | The Guardian |  

The best part of the documentary ‘Citizen Four': Snowden’s coming out week. | Forbes |

Chicago’s smart city: from open data to rat control. | ZDNet |

Women in computing: the 60s pioneers who lit up the world of coding. | The Guardian | 

Australia’s most powerful women in technology. | Women’s Agenda |

The dark market for personal data. | The New York Times |

#Gamergate shows tech needs far better algorithms. | TechCrunch |

Egg freezing: a sign your workplace is a dystopian hell-hole. | Hunt Gather Love |

Episode 576: When women stopped coding. | NPR |

Social media

“Twitter is not just a timeline” What’s wrong with Twitter’s latest experiment with broadcasting favorites, by . | Medium |

LinkedIn sued for furnishing reference reports on users. | The Recorder |

First court date set in case to ban Twitter and Facebook in Egypt. | Mada Masr |

Mastercard to access Facebook user data. | SMH|

Can Ello get by on a manifesto and a smiley? | ZDNet |

To reach China, LinkedIn plays by local rules. | The New York Times |

Not on a social network? You’ve still got a privacy problem. | Wired |

113-year-old woman lies about her age to get a Facebook account. | Metro UK |

19 October 2014

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Less than two weeks to get your tickets to The Privacy Workshop, Federation Square, 17 October, Melbourne:


Grooveshark loses copyright infringement case, but breaks no new legal ground. | LA Times |

Andrew Robb to host TPP Trade Ministers’ meeting in Sydney 25 – 27   negotiations to include intellectual property provisions.

Committee report on Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement was  presented to the Senate this week:  ISP liability and the iiNet case discussed at pp 41-3.

On the trail of an online pirate. | The New York Times |

Defamation & media law

Freedom on information may cost $800 as Coalition seeks to abolish regulator. | The Guardian |

Telling tales of terror. | ABC’s Media Watch |

National security laws ‘strike at the heart of press freedom’. | The Guardian |

Privacy & information security

Just the facts? This dossier goes further. |  New York Times |

The Right to be Forgotten: Not an Easy Question: Frank Pasquale. | TechPolicy |

Librarians won’t stay quiet about government surveillance. | Washington Post |

Naked photo sparks row at Sydney University. | SMH |

The women who tech forgot. The Innovators. |  The New York Times |

Unlocking the geo-block: Australians embrace VPNs. | The Conversation |

The NSA & me: James Bamford. | The Intercept |

The Geek chorus: ‘Give Mark Zuckerberg all the data he wants’. | The Register |

Social media

Peter Nunn jailed for abusive tweets to MP Stella Creasy (UK). | The Guardian |

Let slip the doges of war: Senator Ludlam calls for a meme protest of data retention laws. | CNET | ->

Some judicial opinions only require 14o characters. | The New York Times |

Celebrity vloggers are good for your brand: Richenda Vermeulen. | AFR |

5 October 2014

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Dear Rupert. | Google Policy Europe |

Harper review recommends scrutiny of trade agreement IP clauses. | ComputerWorld |

Slamming Netflix backdoors will not help local streamers. | ZDNet |

Creative Commons Information Pack. | National Copyright Unit |

Defamation & media law

Defamation law reminds critics of Indonesia’s past. | New York Times |

Man wrongly identified by Fairfax Media as terrorism suspect might sue. | The Guardian |

Privacy & information security

The Privacy Workshop, Federation Square, 17 October:

Round-up of commentary on data retention following Friday’s Senate hearing chaired by Senator Ludlam:

Senators’ ignorance on surveillance laws is not bliss. | ZDNet |

France adopts anti-terror laws eroding civil liberties. | La Quadrature Du Net |

Eight ways Tony Abbott is trying to trade freedom for security. | The Guardian |

‘Communications Surveillance, Big Data and the Law’.  | UNSW Law  Journal |  

BitTorrent adds paygate to its direct-to-fan publishing platform Bundle. | TNW |

Competition review supports tackling Australia tax. | ZDNet |

16-Year-Old Irish girls win Google Science Fair 2014 with world-changing crop yield breakthrough. | Inhabitat |

Website blocking scheme not a filter, Comms Dept says. | ComputerWorld |

Social media

Russia asks Facebook, Google, Twitter to comply with law on data storage. | The Moscow Times |

Social media’s difficult adolescence. | Paul Wallbank |

Report on the use of electronic devices in the House of Representatives Chamber and Federation Chamber. | APH |

28 September 2014

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Economists: consumers will suffer under copyright crackdown. | IT News |

Ministerial, working level TPP talks eyed in Australia in October. | GlobalPost |

iiNet rejects Village piracy claim. | AFR |

Village Roadshow fails Turing Test. | ZDNet |

Defamation & media law

 Are bloggers ‘journalists’? New Zealand’s High Court says yes.  | The Conversation |

Government to appoint Children’s e-Safety Commissioner. | Minister for Communications |

Journalists may face prison under proposed new Australian anti-terror laws. | WAN IFRA  | 

Privacy & information security

Text-inspectors. Andrew O’Hagan on No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald. | London Review of Books |

The murky moves toward metadata retention. | The Saturday Paper |

Sydney dawn counter-terrorism raids: why now, and why so few answers? | The Guardian |

Swedish ISP urges European Commission to end ‘illegal data retention’. | PC World |

UNHCR: Joint statement on privacy in the digital age. | IFEX |

A World From Below episode on Pine Gap (Australia) the role it plays in the drone war & mass surveillance:

The Internet isn’t killing media anymore. It’s helping it make a killing in profits. | Washington Post |

Silicon Valley has officially run out of ideas. | Slate |

Why big data evangelists should be sent to re-education camps: Stilgherrian | ZDNet |

Study: Cities with super-fast Internet are more productive. | Washington Post |

Social media

Social media: beat the journos, don’t say anything stupid. | The Mandarin |

The Twitter Government and Elections Handbook (US 2014 edition). | Twitter |

Tweet and destroy: Australian spies track terror threats on social media. | The Age |

21 September 2014

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The responses to the Australian government’s Discussion Paper on Online Copyright Infringement are trickling through to the Attorney-General’s website.

This Tuesday 9 September Minister Turnbull  will host the Online Copyright Infringement Forum with industry leaders. The forum will be webcast from 6.30pm

iiNet lets fly in its submission to the government’s copyright consultation. | Gizmodo Au |  (Full submission)

How film studios want to use data retention to crack down on piracy. | ZDNet |

Piracy policy could sully Australia’s image. | AFR |

Defamation & media law

A landmark judgment – Bleyer v Google. | INFORRM |

Corby’s siblings awarded more than $300,000 in compensation for defamation. | Daily Mail |

Privacy & information security

Please stop saying celebs shouldn’t have taken nude photos in the first place. | Forbes |

Challenge to NSA’s mass surveillance inches it way up the court system. | ACLU |

Extraordinary rendition and the secret role of metadata. | Ryan J Gallagher |

ALRC recommends tort for serious invasion of privacy. | ZDNet |

Australia Federal Police mistakenly publish metadata from criminal investigations. | The Guardian |

Tribler makes BitTorrent anonymous with built-in Tor network. | Torrentfreak |

iiNet, industry & consumer organisations seek limits on website blocking (section 313). | ComputerWorld | 

The trap of simplicity: why analogies for surveillance fail us. | Privacy International |

Aussie game classification receives first major reform in nearly 20 years. | Develop | 

Chattanooga’s Gig: how one city’s super-fast internet is driving a tech boom. | The Guardian |

Social media

Reports of Twitter shifting to algorithmic timeline raise concern about user control and experience. | Digiphile |

What is ‘fairness’? What happens when technology decides? | Medium |

Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images. | Boing Boing |

7 September 2014

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Is copyright infringement theft?  | MsLods storify |

You’ve got 1 week! Input sought on online copyright infringement proposals.  | Australian Digital Alliance | & my collection of #copdis resources:

How many jobs does IP actually create? A US analysis. | Mercatus Center |

Anti-piracy firm wants to fine Canadian and Aussie file-sharers. | TorrentFreak |

New Zealand: Another alleged music pirate pinged under ‘Skynet’. | Stuff |

Village Roadshow no-show for online piracy forum. | ZDNet |

Defamation & media law

North Coast Children’s Home Inc. v Keith Martin, the perils of digital defamation, by Yvonne Kux. | INFORRM | 

Careful with your coverage of the Redfern murder case – especially pics. | Journlaw |

Financial services group WCS serves online forum Whirlpool over negative post. | The Age |

Privacy & information security

iiNet on mass data retention: is it really the way the west is going? | iiNet |  (pdf)

Targeted ‘preservation notices’ offer an alternative to blanket data retention, says iiNet. | ComputerWorld |  

EFF & ACLU demolish the U. S. government’s “it’s just metadata” claim in their latest NSA spying brief. | EFF |  

Data retention ‘not a significant issue’ for Telstra. | IT News |

Data retention – the implications for lawyers & journalists. | Independent Australia | 

EU lawyers confirm ‘general and blanket data retention is no longer possible’ in the European Union. | Techdirt | 

Metadata – what to keep. | Phil Dobbie | podcast featuring Steve Dalby, iiNet, Mike Maharrey & Paul Brooks.


The Primary Way to Report Harassment Online Is Broken. | The Atlantic |

What happens to #Ferguson affects Ferguson. | Medium |

Social media

What do you call 100 lawyers on Twitter? (A good start). | The Drum (UK) |

China’s new Interim Rules for Internet & social messaging use ( in English). | Fei Chang Dao |

From the US: Arrest over Twitter parody of mayor wasn’t unreasonable. | Ars Technica |

24 August 2014

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Public consultation: This past week the Australian government released a Discussion Paper on Online Copyright Infringement.  You can have your say with submissions due by 1 September. Follow the discussion on Twitter via -> #copdis

Rights owners must sue mum and dad copyright infringers: Turnbull. | ZDNet |

Film and music companies should foot the bill for online piracy crackdown: Turnbull. | The Age |

Australia you wouldn’t steal a DVD, but you would block websites and suspend Internet accounts. | EFF |

Defamation & media law

WikiLeaks gag order: open justice is threatened by super-injunctions. | The Guardian |

The perils of the Streisand effect. | BBC News |

15 years for lese majeste. | Bangkok Post |

Privacy & information security

 UK’s Drip surveillance law faces legal challenge by MPs. | The Guardian |

danah boyd: What is Privacy? | Medium |

‘I know where your cat lives': pet-stalking app proves privacy point. | CBC |

Putin tightens grip on the Internet: signs new law requiring mass storage of Russians’ data. | Salon |

Protecting your privacy: our stand against data retention. | iiNet blog | and full statement to the Senate Committee: 

Data retention plan will cost $100 million a year, warns iiNet. | The Guardian |

The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect. | Wired |

New broadband users shun ‘child friendly’ filters, Ofcom finds. | BBC |

A year after the IT Pricing Review – Australians are still waiting longer and paying more. | Australian Digital Alliance |

Social media

Facebook’s privacy pivot. | Slate |

Tweeting from courtroom impresses Nova Scotia top judge. | Toronto Star |

Twitter’s latest Transparency Report.  | Twitter |

3 August 2014

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